Fit For Fall

I love Labor Day because it means no work. No work! And I hate Labor Day because it means end of summer. End of summer? It always flies, doesn't it?

Summer is always the season when I make and attempt to keep fitness goals. Probably motivated by impending beach and bathing suit time and skirts with no stockings. I am afraid my efforts and results were a little lacking this year, but just because the season is coming to an end doesn't mean my efforts at health and fitness need to as well.

In case you're in the same boat and looking for some quick ways to stay fit and full of energy with the fall weather approaching, here are some super foods you should look out for.

1. Brussel Sprouts
Sure, they smell gross but they taste delicious and they're a cancer buster to boot. Try this recipe for crispy brussel sprouts with garlic aioli and you'll be seeing this veggie in a whole new light.

2. Skinny Steak
Turns out a cut of lean, preferably grass-fed beef is actually good for you. You'll get protein, iron and heart-healthy B vitamins. And more! Go for a tenderloin or similar cut. My personal favorite is to marinate the meat in some italian dressing overnight and then grill it up. Yum! 

3. Health(y) Nuts
Research on pistachios shows they can help reduce the risk of diabetes by slowing the body's absorption of carbohydrates. Two to three ounces of pistachios a day will also raise your good cholesterol, and they're chock-full of B6 and copper which will boost your energy.

4. Smart Start
If you're interested in lowering your cholesterol, a bowl of whole-grain oatmeal every day will get you pretty far. The fiber in oatmeal slows the absorption of cholesterol, and keeps you full all morning thanks to lots of protein and fiber. Full all morning means fewer chocolate snacks before lunch (guilty!) and that is always a good thing. For the waistline at least.

5. Sweet Treat
Not to worry, though, there is no need to give chocolate all together. Flavanoid-filled dark chocolate just might prevent clogged arteries and help prevent heart disease. This treat also releases seratonin, a brain chemical that makes you feel groovy.

With these tips and treats under my (hopefully shrinking) belt, I feel better about my chances for health and happiness even through the fall and winter months. How about you?


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